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Are Arkansas Vital Records Open to the Public?

Access to Arkansas vital records usually depends on the year in which the event took place. Records of marriage, divorce, birth, and death that are older than 100 years are public records available to anyone.

 

What Information Do I Need to Search for Arkansas Vital Records Online?

Members of the public searching for vital records must be able to provide basic information about the record of interest such as:

  • The full name of the parties in the record
  • The established relationship of the requestor to the named party in the record
  • The reason for record request
  • The date the event occurred
  • The date of birth of the parties in the record
  • The place the event occurred
  • Positive proof of ID showing the requestor’s direct relationship to the named parties in the record.

 

Publicly available vital records may also be managed and disseminated by some third-party aggregate sites. These websites are generally not being limited by geographical record availability and may serve as an adequate starting point when researching specific or multiple records. However, third-party sites are not affiliated with the government. As such, record availability may differ from official channels. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, the requesting party will be required to provide:

  • The location of the record in question including city, county, or state where the case was filed.
  • The name of someone involved provided it is not a juvenile.

 

What Do I Need to Obtain Vital Records in the State of Arkansas?

Proof of identification is often required for a vital record request to be processed. Acceptable documents include government-issued photo IDs such as driver’s license, non-driver photo ID card, current passport or visa, and U.S military ID. Additionally, other documents and information needed to obtain vital records in the state of Arkansas include the full name of the parties named on the record, the date of the event, and the place of the event.

 

What’s the difference between a Certified Record and Uncertified Copy of Vital Records?

While both certified and uncertified copies of a vital record contain similar information, uncertified copies are printed on plain white papers with the mark “Uncertified” or “informational” boldly imprinted on it. On the other hand, certified original copies can be used to establish identity. Usually, old records are issued for informational and genealogical purposes and cannot be used for any form of identification.

Are Arkansas Marriage Records Public Information?

Marriage records are generally considered private records by state statutes. As such, they are available to only eligible persons such as the couple, their immediate family members, legal representatives, the government at all levels, authorized genealogists, and persons with a certified court order. Typically, the Arkansas Department of Health maintains marriage records registered within the state’s limits from 1917 to present. Older records may be available at the particular health district where the event was recorded.

 

How Do I Find Marriage Records In Arkansas?

Persons looking for a marriage record in Arkansas may opt to do so through any of the following channels:

  • Online
  • In person
  • By mail
  • By phone

 

The state’s Public Health Office maintains a vital records portal where interested parties can search and view marriage documents for a standard processing fee of $5. Additionally, interested persons can physically visit the office location during business days and hours with the appropriate documents and information. Usually, requesters are required to cover the costs of obtaining copies of marriage records. As such, the office charges $10 per document. Requests by mail typically require a completed Marriage Records Application Form accompanied with the appropriate ID, and fees should be sent to:

Arkansas Department of Health
Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205

Are Arkansas Divorce Records Public Information?

Divorce records are available to only legally authorized individuals such as the parties in the record, their spouse, parents, children, legal representatives, government, as well any person with a certified court order. However, divorce records older than 100 years are considered public records and can be obtained and used by anyone.

 

How Do I Find Divorce Records In Arkansas?

In addition to online searches, interested persons can obtain divorce records in person, by mail, or by phone. Regardless of the method of choice, requesters are required to provide the basic information, appropriate ID, and applicable fees before the request is processed. Specifically, mail in requesters should deliver a completed Divorce Record Application Form accompanied with other required documents and fees to:

Arkansas Department of Health
Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205

Each copy of divorce records costs $10. If no record is found, the paid money is retained for the search conducted. Cash is allowed by in-person requests only.

Are Arkansas Birth Records Public Information?

Certified birth records are only available to the owners of the records as well as persons with a direct and tangible interest such as their immediate family members, representative attorneys, the government, and authorized genealogists. The Arkansas Department of Health also maintains birth records filed from Feb. 1914 to date.

 

How Do I Find Birth Records In Arkansas?

Birth records can be obtained online, in person, or by mailing the completed Birth Record Application Form along with applicable fees and ID to:

Arkansas Department of Health
Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205

The cost of obtaining copies of birth records is $12 for the first copy and $10 for each additional copy requested at the same time.

Are Arkansas Death Records Public Information?

In accordance with the state statutes, birth records are not public records and can be obtained by individuals legally authorized to do so. The Arkansas Department of Health is also tasked with the generation and dissemination of death records to eligible parties including the named parties in the record, their immediate family members, designated representatives, as well as persons with a certified court order. The office typically has death records registered from Feb. 1914 to date. Prior to this date, the local health district may have the paper form of the document in their storage sites ; however this is not guaranteed.

 

How Do I Find Death Records In Arkansas?

As with other vital records, death records can be obtained online, in person, or by mailing the completed Death Record Application Form along with applicable fees and ID to:

Arkansas Department of Health
Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205

The cost of obtaining each copy of death records is $10.

How Do I Find Sealed Vital Records in Arkansas?

All sealed vital records in the state of Arkansas can be unsealed by challenging the record to court. To do this, the petitioner will be required to provide substantial proof beyond reasonable doubt. If the reason is satisfactory, the sitting state-licensed judge will issue a certified court order which serves as legal authorization.

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State Archives

Contact: (501) 200-4104

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Arkansas

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  • State Archives holds over 500 cubic feet of records.
  • There are 109 district court judges in the 230 District Courts of the state of Arkansas.
  • There are 2 levels of Courts: trial and appellate.
  • There are 12 Trial courts through the state of Arkansas.
  • There are 230 District Courts in the state of Arkansas.
  • The highest Court in Arkansas is the Arkansas Supreme Court.

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